Fire destroys timber market in Benin

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An early morning fire outbreak has destroyed parts of the `Pipeline
Timber Market’ in Benin.
An eyewitness, Mr Precious Emmanuel, said in Benin that the fire
started at about 3a.m., adding that the prompt response of the fire
service helped to save some parts of the market.
“We woke up to see that the market was on fire. We believe that the
fire was caused by those boys who smoke Indian hemp in the market.
“The intervention of the state fire service saved the situation. They
responded quickly to the distress call put across to them,’’ Emmanuel
said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Pipeline Timber Market, Mr Osaremen
Monday, said that the source of the fire was still unknown.
According to Monday, timber and machines worth millions of naira were
destroyed in the fire.
He appealed to the state government to assist those whose shops were
affected, stressing that the market was their only source of
livelihood.
Some of the affected traders, Mr Emmanuel Nwadiwe and Mrs Josephine
Okotoe, said they lost over N5 million in the inferno.
In his comments, the state’s Director of Fire Service, Mr Frankly
Agbolahor, described the incident as sad, adding, however, that the
timely intervention of his men saved the day.
“When we got the distress call, our men immediately mobilised to the
scene of the fire and put out the fire,” Agbolahor said.

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